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Congratulations Theresa Gunn, IAP2 USA’s newest Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3)!

January 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Theresa Gunn

Congratulations Theresa Gunn on becoming IAP2 USA’s newest Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3).

Theresa has been with IAP2 since 1994 and has worn many hats. She has contributed in many ways within IAP2 and has been essential in molding IAP2 USA into the organization it is today. Her leadership service includes, but is not limited to:

  • Serving on the inaugural IAP2 USA Board of Directors from 2011-2012 where she oversaw the nascence of IAP2 USA
  • Serving on the first IAP2 Federation Board of Directors following the March 2010 decision to move to an Affiliate model, serving first as Treasurer, 2011-2012, and then as Deputy Presiding Member in 2013.
  • Theresa has chaired the Membership Services Committee, 2014-to-date, where she continues her work championing professional development for public participation practitioners.

Theresa is a huge proponent of the Professional Certification Program. It was a priority for her as a Federation board member where she was able to shepherd the process that gave IAP2 USA permission to develop the program.

“IAP2 USA is a global leader in establishing the gold standard for public participation. Professional Certification will ensure organizations relying on certified practitioners are going to get the best of the best, and community residents who are participating in these process will be assured these are transparent, open processes founded on research-based best practices.”

We congratulate Theresa Gunn on her successful completion of the Professional Certification Program and designation as a Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3). We are grateful for her continuing support and admire how she embodies the IAP2 Core Values.

To learn more about Theresa Gunn, see our 2016 Member Spotlight.

A THANK-YOU to our committee volunteers

December 2, 2014 Leave a comment

A THANK-YOU to our committee volunteers

Have you ever wondered what IAP2 USA was doing? Have you ever wanted to help out? The following is an insight from some of the Committee Chairs/Members into the work that is underway.   We will provide more on our other committees in 2015. THANK-YOU to the many people that put in countless hours to support and grow IAP2 USA.

2015 North American Conference Committee

The clock is ticking in preparation for the 2015 North American Conference in the great city of Portland, Oregon.   With the theme of “What’s Brewing in P2, the USA Board has approved a venue and hotel contract with the DoubleTree by Hilton near downtown Portland. The conference will be held Thursday and Friday, September 10 and 11th, 2015 with a reception on the evening of September 9th to kick off the event. IAP2 USA, IAP2 Canada and the Cascade Chapter are the co-hosts for this conference. The committee invites IAP2 members from across the country to join our planning team so we truly represent the US affiliate—we are seeking great ideas for keynote speakers and sessions, sponsors and any other tips for a successful conference.

If you want to join our team, please contact Jeanna Hall at or Tim Hall at

Communications committee


The communications committee meets once a month to discuss both tactical items (newsletter articles, deadlines, topics, etc.), as well as broader communications issues designed to make sure our messages are consistent with the goals, mission and vision of IAP2 USA. Over the past several months, committee members have helped to create better and more useful content for the monthly newsletter, web site and blog. We’ve started a “member spotlight” feature to tell you about one of our active members. We are working to make sure members know about upcoming events, webinars and training. And we are trying to increase the number of articles to tell you about the great work that other members are doing, through case studies, best practices and “telling stories” about how members all across the country are conducting effective P2. One way we’ve done this recently is to ask for volunteers to write a specific “themed” feature each month – case studies, best practices, member spotlight, chapter news, etc.

The communications group’s work also crosses over into other committee work. Our goal is to link up with the membership committee to help create materials to attract new members and retain current members, for example. We can always use help. We are always on the prowl for members willing to write and submit content for the newsletter and other online “channels.” If you have an idea for a submission, please contact me at, or just submit the article to me. In addition, if you’d like to join our communications group, please let me know as well.

Membership Services Committee


The membership services committee has just launched a pilot project to test market a new local government membership.  The membership is a flat fee based on the number of employees and provides membership benefits to any city/county employee who wants to participate in IAP2 programs and local chapters. Ten local governments will be invited to join as part of the pilot and participate in pre- and post-surveys to help evaluate the success of the program. The pilot will conclude in March and if successful the program will be launched by summer 2015.

The next step for the committee is to review our other business, organization and non-profit membership categories to see if a flat fee with unlimited membership is a viable option.  Our goal is to increase the value of IAP2 USA membership, enhance affiliate revenues and increase the number of members.  We will also be reviewing the bylaws to determine if we need to change the description of a member and revise our voting protocols. We hope to have a recommendation for restructuring our membership categories and rates to the Board by March 2015.

If you are interested in joining us as we undertake this critical restructuring, please sign up.  If you need more information contact Theresa Gunn, Chair,

Training/Professional Development Committee


In the last few months the Training/Professional Development Committee has:

  • Launched IAP2 USA-hosted Foundations training (formerly the Certificate training), which involved developing the plan and budget, creating a process to solicit and select prospective trainers; developing the trainer and client/partner contracts; finding clients/partners to host the training; jointly marketing the training; and getting it launched in November.
  • Hired a part-time, commission-based Training Coordinator, which involved developing a job description and contract structure; recruiting and interviewing candidates; and selecting and hiring the fantastic Jennifer Nelson. Jennifer has now taken over lead responsibility for USA-hosted and partner training.
  • Restarted the effort for IAP2 USA to partner with a variety of trainers throughout the country who own/offer courses that are well aligned with our values and attractive and appealing to our members. We are starting with information about courses and trainers that IAP2 USA gathered in a national survey a while ago, and with Jennifer Nelson’s help we’ll develop the partnership structure, course offerings, and get that going.
  • In response to clear direction from members in the recent strategic planning survey, we are hoping to kick-start training opportunities via a training-only “skills symposium” in spring 2015; this is still in the early stages, so stay tuned!

While we’ve made good progress with a small committee this year, in 2015 we need to respond to member priorities by significantly expanding opportunities. That’s much more feasible with the new Training Coordinator on board, and now we need some additional committee members to provide multiple perspectives, creative ideas, and clear direction. If you have a few hours to spare each month, do join us to help with a single project or with ongoing work – everyone’s welcome! Contact committee member Anne Carroll for more information: or 651-690-9162.

From the President…

June 26, 2014 1 comment

Image  Message from President Doug Zenn: 

The Cascade Chapter in Oregon just held its eighth “PI Works” conference Bend, Oregon, in Mid-June. I noted at this conference that the chapter’s successes have paralleled the craft brewing industry’s rise in the last 15 years Coincidence? Maybe.

Or maybe it’s the coffee, or maybe it’s the water, but there’s no doubt that shared time amongst Northwest practitioners — beers among peers, in some cases — has certainly spurred conversations that have advanced the public engagement practice here.  Is it so bad that we talk about public involvement and India Pale Ales in the same breath? It isn’t that much of a stretch? Say these out loud: (1) I’m a member of IAP2; then (2) If you’re having an India Pale Ale, I’ll have an IPA, too.

Joking aside, this organization faces challenges that all national organizations face, in having these conversations when we’re spread across the country and busy in our jobs every day.  The technologies are here, but the wide-spread understanding of how to use them is not…yet.  How will we move our practice forward nationally? IAP2 USA now has annual conferences, local events, training and webinars; and we’re working to expand these offerings. IAP2 USA’s presence on LinkedIn and Facebook offers our members additional opportunities to connect. We’re working with U.S. mayors on what cities and counties need to further promote a healthy and productive culture of engagement with community members. We’re working with the White House on best practices for federal agencies. How would you like to hear about these? How would YOU like to be involved?

Knowledge of IAP2 Core Values and guiding principles is already a “sought” attribute in job and proposal applications.  A team is working on the development of a certification program that we think is a next giant leap forward for our field.  119 practitioners weighed in with their thoughts on what our field core competencies need to be. That’s a great start.

In the upcoming months, we will conduct a survey of members. Give all of these questions some thought and help to shape the future of this organization.  I estimate that at any given time, we have at least 50 volunteers contributing to the organization and advancing the practice.  That’s outstanding, and our field would not be where it is today without this dedication. A lot is happening, but you’d expect that, since our field is evolving rapidly. We all need IAP2 to come together; and for that to happen, we need you. Step up. Join us for a virtual beer … or coffee … or an IAP2 IPA, too.